In light of the Bombay High Court allowing yet another hike in taxi and auto rickshaw fares, we get reactions from Mumbaikars on the High Court ruling.
"The commute has become such a big problem now. First, the auto rickshaws are not easily available, second, the increase in traffic; it just exaggerates the meter and now the ruling on the price hike. Recently, the fare price was hiked to Rs. 15 and now it has happened again. Given the lack of sufficient options for commuting, people are bound to stuff themselves into buses and trains, risking their lives. It has really become difficult to get out of the house without spending a lot of money."
-Sandhya Bhagat, Graphic Designer, Goregaon
"In my opinion, serious injustice has been meted out to the public. Considering the growing cost of living in this city and the deteriorating state of the roads, this will be a serious burden on the common man. My current outflow is Rs.165 one way; the increase in fare will have a great impact on my monthly budget. Auto rickshaw owners will be impacted too as they run the risk of losing customers."
-Nilesh Roy, Senior Manager IT, Bandra
"It's quite frustrating to know that every now and then, there is an increase in the fare. Due to my injury, I have to take auto rickshaws compulsorily. The worst part is that my office is quite far from the railway station; hence, eventually I will have to take an auto rickshaw. During the peak hours, it's quite unsafe to travel by the bus, leaving us with no choice. It's difficult to bear the cost of conveyance with a meagre salary."
-Lekha Purohit, Artist Manager, Andheri
"I usually walk half way to my office to save money on travelling. I have to go to office and college daily, so now I will end up paying double of what I used to pay until now. The problem with most rickshaw wallahs is that they do not allow you to share the auto rickshaw with another commuter, and even if they do, they ask for extra money. Also, these rickshaw wallahs go on strike whenever they feel like. They don't realise that our salary is not increased in proportion to their price hike; no matter what the fare hike is, our salary remains the same."
-Rutu Pal, Event Planner, Santacruz